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The Skin We're in

A Year of Black Resistance and Power
Sep 24, 2020TEENREVIEWBOARD rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This perspective-changing book involves a lot of thoroughly-researched history about the struggles that overlap and intersect within the black and indigenous communities in Canada. The way Cole paints our distinct Canadian picture is very significant. I love how Cole does not attempt to compare the tragedies taking place between the US and Canada, rather highlighting how messed up things are here, and how unstable and unsafe things are here. Topics that are discussed within these chapters are police brutality towards black citizens, corrupt data collection of policing, and the disinterest politicians have on layers and layers of unchecked and contested white supremacy. Canada has a lot of history we aren’t facing. The Skin We’re In is a critical book into Black Life in Canada and a critical look into Black Resistance in Canada and abroad. Overall, this read battles the myth that Canada is more inclusive, welcoming and celebratory of diversity than the USA. Being a Canadian myself, I know that this is true because our country is certainly not perfect, as we have made several mistakes in the past, and to this day when it comes to things such as racial injustice, discrimination, and much more. I would definitely recommend the whole world to read this book, so we can own up to these truths, and start to make change. 5/5 stars @Bookland of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board